Archive for April, 2011

Grime Royal Wedding Update: The Upper Class and the Underclass

The Couple

Update from the Grime Royal wedding story:
The Grime Royal Wedding is proud to announce the couple who will shine a light on the other half of Britain on the day of The Royal Wedding.
The Grime Royal Wedding, which has been organised by Birmingham music producers The ENR Twinz, is being held on a Birmingham council estate as an alternative to the real thing.
Steven Wood, also known as Woody, and Toni Amey, also known as Tea because she loves to make a brew, have been picked as the lucky Grime Royal Wedding couple.
And they have a love story to match any multi-millionaire prince or princess.
Steven, aged 23, was nursed back to health by his sweetheart of four years Toni, aged 23, after entering Heartlands Hospital last October to have his appendix out but ended up on death’s door after a botched operation left him with half his bowel removed.
He said: “I would have died if it hadn’t have been for my Toni. When I got back from hospital I’d been given the all clear but something was seriously wrong because my wounds were horrific and I was in constant pain.
“She nursed me, looked after me and demanded the hospital fixed me up. She was my true angel, and no-one could ever wish for a better wife, even Prince William.”
The pair, who live in a council flat on Birmingham’s Bromford Estate with their pet staff bull terrier Biggie, named after Hip Hop Legend The Notorious BIG,   have been engaged for four years.
William might have gone down on one knee in a private Kenyan game reserve after years of keeping Kate waiting but Steven didn’t wait as long as the heir to the throne.
Pretty Toni, who is unemployed but wants to work with animals, said: “We were on the couch watching telly with my little sister when he asked me to marry him. I couldn’t believe it. I said yes straight away, we hadn’t been out for even a year but I knew Woody was the man for me.
“All our friends always have a laugh because our anniversary is on April Fool’s Day but it is my favourite day of the year!”
Steven, who is from Wolverhampton, and Toni, who hails from Kilburn from London, met when they lived a few doors apart from each other in Wolverhampton.
The couple, who rely on benefits, cannot afford the massive expense of a wedding but will get a day they will never forget at the Grime Royal Wedding.
Their union will be the exact mirror image of the top Great Britain’s society to the bottom, showing the schism between the upper class and the underclass, and we know who is going to have the most fun.
An urban marraige service will be held in the day and a Grime party at night, the couple will have their legal marraige certificate paid for by the ENR Twinz as soon as it can be arranged. 
As well as been engaged they have confirmed their commitment by having tattoos bearing each other’s names on their arms, something that Wills and Kate have not got round to.
Steven, who cannot work because of his injuries but was refused incapacity benefit, sports a large Steve 4 Toni on his biceps and Toni has his initials on her arm, but is waiting for it to get corrected as one of the initials is wrong.
Steven, whose never been to London, said: “We are delighted the ENR Twinz have chosen us to be the couple for the Grime Royal Wedding. I love a bit of Grime and they are legends in Birmingham so for them to be organising our wedding is amazing.
“I think it is great that Britain gets to see another side to the country on the day that millions are spent on the Royal Wedding. Why is their wedding any more important than ours? We love each other too.”
Toni said: “I am so up for this. To be married on the same day as the Royals but in Birmingham is great. I loved Diana but have not been interested in them since she died.”
The EnR Twinz, Earl and Reiss Parchment, organised the Grime Royal Wedding after realising the real wedding clashed with the opening of their new studio in Digbeth.
Earl said: “No-one under 30-years-old cares about the Royal Wedding, and our wedding is more real and reflective of real life in 21st Century Britain than all the pomp and pageantry down London.
“Our couple love each other, and we are delighted to be giving them the day they deserve. Now we have a couple it is well and truly game on for Grime Royal Wedding.
“We have no got a week to do the couple justice and if anyone is out there who can help get in touch, even if it is Iceland who pitch in with a few savoury platters or an off-licence who can give us a load of alcohol!”
For more information about the Grime Royal Wedding follow and to donate gifts or services to the big day email

What exactly is a Social Enterprise?

The Future Melting Pot

Community Interest Companies?

Third Sector?

Voluntary, non-profit organisations?

The Big Society Agenda and social investment?

 Social Enterprise – The buzzword of the moment.

Over the past few years we’ve seen a surge in the use of these terms in the news, mass media and many business & enterprise support organisations but do we really understand what they mean? Is social entrepreneurship really a new activity or just a fancy new title?

The Future Melting Pot will be exploring the local heritage behind what we now know as social entrepreneurship through the an innovative, Birmingham based documentary production and oral history project. The project funded by the heritage lottery fund will work with young volunteers, and future social entrepreneurs, encouraging them to lead and develop the project whilst learning about the social issues that led to the rise of these organisations.

In a time labelled as ‘the age of austerity’ and with rise of unemployment amongst the younger generation, social enterprise is increasingly being presented as an opportunity for young people to go out there and start their own social enterprises and create employment for themselves. In the light of these prospects, it is only right that this generation is equipped with knowledge of the past history that will shape their future enterprises.

Grime Royal Wedding

Stumbled across this on Twitter. A publicity stunt taking place around the opening of the EnR Twinz new recording studio in digbeth. We thought it was a fantastic idea to coincide with the royal wedding:

here is a synopsis from the Grime Royal Wedding planners

TWO Birmingham music producers are hunting for a local couple to take part in an alternative Royal Wedding on the same day as Wills and Kate get hitched.

The EnR Twinz planned to open their new studio in Digbeth on Friday, April 29 not realising it was the same day as the Windsors big day so instead of being upstaged they have decided to hold Birmingham’s own Grime Royal Wedding.

The EnRTwinz are looking for a couple to get married on the same day and time as the real royal couple. The service will be held in Digbeth and the reception on the Bromford estate. The lucky couple will get their real marriage certificate paid for as soon as after the big day as possible.

The Twinz are looking for a couple that can not afford to get married but deserve their own special day. The guestlist for the wedding will be a direct contrast to the real royal wedding, instead of billionaires, foreign dictators and aristocrats the Grime Royal Wedding will be inviting the homeless, hustlers, carers and those on benefits.

The EnR Twins, who are from Hodge Hill, and are nationally recognised in the UK Grime scene, started their musical career holding impromptu concerts on Hodge Hill Common but after falling foul of complaining residents began to start selling out venues.

However, after having continual problems with the venues and the police who were concerned their massive following of Birmingham youngsters would could cause trouble at concerts they began to concentrate on becoming music producers and have just completed their new studio in Digbeth.

For the Grime Royal Wedding service the two twins plan to take turns in their Adidas dog collars doing the service because they have seen how long the real one lasts.

In an age where the music industries and particularly the recording industry are increasingly tricky to navigate, it becomes more and more important that cultural capital is built around your artform. If executed well, the Grime Royal Wedding will be an interesting example of a cultural statement in the music industries, about local grime culture pioneered by the EnR Twinz.

If you are into grime and want to get involved or for more information about the Grime Royal Wedding see and

Youtube NextUp Scheme

Youtube are planning to invest £441,000 into the next generation of digital talent.

Youtube Next Up Scheme

Do you have your own Youtube Channel?

Are you making revenue from your content?

The fund will allow up to 25 people to develop their content and production techniques with grants of up to €20,000.

For more info, See the guardian article here

The DEN – Without the Dragons

Yesterday YEP Media witnessed the launch of a fantastic new resource for entrepreneurs of Birmingham city – The Diverse Entrepreneur Network. I had the privilege of attending this inspiring evening, courtesy of the UpRising project and was given the opportunity to listen to some empowering, exhilarating stories from some brilliant business minds in a relaxed informal environment. The reason the DEN is a such a fantastic resource is because it sees the idea of networking as we know it challenged and it seeks to bring business back to what it is really about – Relationships.

This was made clear in presentation by the first speaker Mike Burnage,  Managing Director of the Academy of Chief Executives, who inverted the whole idea of networking by challenging people to approach networking with the idea of sharing your dreams rather than your business. His philosophy was that people will sooner buy into the dream than the business because our main motivation in life is purpose.  I found this particularly interesting as it caused me to ask the question – do people really understand what the big vision or the dream behind YEP media actually is? Do they know that we are not just another communications agency?

The second speaker was Toby Reid, Managing Director of which a type of online reality website showcasing the warts and all stories behind the start ups of 3 local businesses. Toby highlighted the need to distinguish the difference between being an entrepreneur and being enterprising (There is a clear distinction but people get the muddled up). Toby reckons that if we could all learn from the mistakes other people make on their business ventures we would be more informed and better at starting our enterprises, hence the reason behind I will definitely be following that site. They say a wise man learns from a fools mistakes.

The final speaker was Kwai Yu, Founder and Managing Director of LeadersCafe 2020. Im not even going to begin to try to explain Kwai’s stories but he is fascinating so just check out his Online presence by googling him. Very inspiring guy. One quote I took away from his presentation was ‘victory in marketing doesnt happen when you sell but when you create advocates for your brand.’ – That’s a piece of advice we will be taking note of at YEP Media.

So, that was the DEN – without the Dragons est. 7th April 2011 by Mr Joel Graham Blake. If you are looking for a network of support as an entrepreneur we would definitely recommend the DEN.

Join them on

Twitter: @denbirmingham


Here is a short video clip of the DEN. Excuse the sound quality, it was recorded on a little flip mino HD cam.


Just a quick update from the YEP Media team!

It’s been a brilliant few months for us, as we’ve completed our project Say it Online which was commissioned by Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England West Midlands as part of the Say Hello/Hello Digital Campaign and what a success it was!

Our final event ‘Said it Online’ which took place on the 24th March was the finale of the project. All the families, friends, and funders came to support all the hard work which had gone on within the YEP Media team.

So what’s next…….?

Well, the YEP Media team will be moving on to new projects/venture in the next coming weeks. Make sure you’re always staying up to date with what we’re up to and how you could possibly get involved.

You can always find us on our Twitter pages: @samanthayep @danielyep @shantelyep to speak to one of us and follow our thoughts, debates, questions and fun!

Remember: ‘We are young, entrepreneurs, pioneering’